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Hilo in Hawaii County, Hawaii — Hawaiian Island Archipelago (Pacific Ocean)
 

The Spiritual Power of Stones

 
 
The Spiritual Power of Stones Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, September 6, 2017
1. The Spiritual Power of Stones Marker
Inscription. Traditions tell us that the larger Naha Stone was brought by canoe to Hilo from the chiefly valley of Wailua on Kaua'i by Chief Makali'inuikuakawaiea centuries ago. The stone had a place of honor at one of several heiau in Hilo and was said mohave been associated with traditions of affirming chiefly status. Ali'i infants were ceremonially place on the stone. If they did not cry, their royal status was confirmed.
The physical ability to move this massive stone was a sign of high chiefly capacity. Kamehameha I is said to have lifted and moved the Naha Stone in 1789 while he was in his early 30s, thus confirming the prophecy that he would be a great warrior king.
The upright Pinao Stone has less certain origins but is associated with the Pinao Heiau that once stood on or near the site of this State Library.

These stones are important cultural resources. Please refrain from sitting or standing on the stones and treat this area with respect
 
Erected by EnVision Downtown Hilo 2025 and Hilo Downtown Improvement Association.
 
Location. 19° 43.467′ N, 155° 5.433′ W. Marker is in Hilo, Hawaii, in Hawaii County. Marker is on Waianuenue Avenue (County Route 200) near Ululani Street
The Naha and Pinao Stones and Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, September 6, 2017
2. The Naha and Pinao Stones and Marker
, on the left when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 300Waianuenue Avenue, Hilo HI 96720, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 6 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Lyman House Memorial (approx. 0.2 miles away); Hilo Town Plantation Bell Tower (approx. 0.4 miles away); Mo'oheau Park and Bandstand (approx. 0.4 miles away); Kamehameha at Hilo Bay (approx. 0.9 miles away); Hilo Bay: In the days of Kamehameha (approx. 0.9 miles away); Waiakea Social Settlement Clock (approx. 1 miles away); Waiakea Town (Yashijima) (approx. 1 miles away); Onomea Bay (approx. 5.8 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Hilo.
 
More about this marker. The stones are located in front of the Hilo Public Library.
 
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The Naha (right) and Pinao (left) Stones image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, September 6, 2017
3. The Naha (right) and Pinao (left) Stones
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on December 6, 2017. This page originally submitted on December 6, 2017, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. This page has been viewed 30 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on December 6, 2017, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California.
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